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Structural Engineering at CIT

The course is taught primarily through lectures, practicals, and tutorials. A significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework. There is a continuing regional, national and international requirement for structural engineers with a knowledge of construction.

 


CR 109

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 109
  • Field of StudyStructural Engineering
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 341

 

 

Structural Engineering is the science and art of designing civil engineering facilities so that they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected. All structures from bridges to buildings, harbours to airports, must be able to meet these requirements. Structural Engineers aim to design these structures with safety, economy and elegance.

 

About the Course

The course is taught primarily through lectures, practicals and tutorials. A significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework. There is a continuing regional, national and international requirement for structural engineers with a knowledge of construction.

 

Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of ten weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3. The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.

 

ARUP Trust Scholarship

The Arup Scholarship will be awarded to a first year student who registers on the programme and will comprise an award of €2,250 for each of the four years of the programme.

 

Scholarship applications may be made at cse/scholarship
Please note the closing date: 21st March.

 

Accreditation

The BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard. Further learning is required to meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer. The taught MEng in Structural Engineering and the taught MEng in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy), available in the Department as one year follow on courses, are fully accredited by Engineers Ireland as meeting the educational standard for Chartered Engineer.

 

Engineers Ireland represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.

 

Further Studies

For details, please visit www.cit.ie/cse

 

Master of Engineering (MEng)
Suitably qualified graduates of an honours degree programme in Civil, Structural or Environmental Engineering may undertake a research programme leading to the award of Master of Engineering. The Department also offers
 

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Suitably qualified graduates in Civil, Structural or Environmental Engineering may proceed to a research programme leading to a PhD.

 

Question Time

What is the difference between Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering?
Civil Engineering is the professional engineering discipline which deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the built environment. This includes works such as buildings, roads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment and supply and harbour and coastal engineering works. In addition to the technical skills required for the above work a Civil Engineer will also have competencies in related fields such as project and asset management & health and safety.

 

Structural Engineering is a specialist discipline within Civil Engineering which deals with design, construction and maintenance of structures such as buildings, bridges, culverts, towers, masts and foundations. This course provides graduates with the skills to work as a Civil Engineer, however, an additional emphasis is placed on Structural Engineering studies thus giving the graduates enhanced skills in this area.

 

What level of drawing is required for this course?
Prerequisite drawing studies are not required. Drawing skills are addressed in the programme modules on the assumption that the students have no prior knowledge or skills in the area.

 

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics*, and either English or Irish.


*A grade H4 is required in Mathematics which may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.

 

NB: The H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.

 

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

 


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

 

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering is the academic qualification for professional level entry to the civil/structural engineering profession. Graduates of the programme will have reached the educational standard required for Ordinary Membership of Engineers Ireland; with appropriate additional postgraduate education and professional experience the graduate of this programme will be eligible to apply for the title of Chartered Engineer awarded by Engineers Ireland.

 

For further information in relation to the Civil and Structural Engineering profession please refer to the Engineers Ireland website at www.engineersireland.ie

 

For further information in relation to the Structural Engineering profession please refer to the Institution of Structural Engineers website at www.istructe.org/ The website for the Republic of Ireland branch of the Institution may be found at www.istructe.ie/

 

Graduates will be well equipped to find employment opportunities in Consulting Engineering Offices and with Building & Civil Engineering contractors. They may also be employed by state and semi-state bodies, including local authorities and utilities boards.

 

Opportunities vary in range and location and can be exclusively office based, site based or a mixture of both; the profession is an attractive one for those seeking a wide choice of potential work environments.

 

The employment and postgraduate education record of graduates has been excellent since the programme was established and it has remained so in recent years.

 

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineering Contractors
  • State/Semi-State Bodies and Utility Companies
  • Local Authorities

 

 

Graduate Profiles

 

Anna Pietrzak
Structural Design Engineer

Anna graduated with BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering in 2016. She is currently employed with Arup Consulting Engineers as a Structural Design Engineer in its Cork Office. Anna is involved in a number of Irish and international projects working on structural analysis and design of new buildings, surveys of existing structures and infrastructure solutions where structural knowledge and problem solving skills are essential.

“My studies in CIT allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge to practical application. Use of the analysis software for my final year project provided a quick transition to the software used in a professional environment.”

 

Kieran McGrath
Graduate Internship

Kieran graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering in 2014. He is currently employed with ESB International as a Graduate Engineer in their Dublin office. Kieran is involved in a variety of projects, e.g. the structural assessment of the safe load capacities of existing bridges and road alignment surveys, and wind and hydro energy power generation infrastructure, where structural, environmental, energy and other engineering expertise is required.

“My studies in CIT not only gave me all the necessary analysis and design skills required to be a structural engineer, but also the necessary skills required to work in the related civil, environmental and energy engineering industries. This is a great strength of the course.”

 

 

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering CR109


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